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low spark

Traffic performed most of “The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” plus songs from the “John Barleycorn” album at a concert in Santa Monica in 1972. It was released on VHS, however never on DVD. All the songs from it can be seen as separate videos or the entire concert downloaded by going to YouTube and entering: Traffic Santa Monica Civic Center ’72.ve

Traffic released The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (1971), which was a Top 10 American album but did not chart in the UK the vinyl sleeve for the album is also notable for its die-cut cover. It sold over half a million copies in 1972.  Once again, however, personnel problems split the band as Grech and Gordon left the band in December 1971 and the month after, Stevie Winwood’s struggles with Illness brought Traffic to a standstill. At This Time Jim Capaldi used this hiatus to record a solo album tiltled “Oh How we Danced”  which would prove to be the beginning of a long and successful solo career. The album included a surplus recording from The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys, “Open Your Heart”, and the new tracks featured members of the Muscle Shoals studio house band. The new Traffic  line-up of Stevie Winwood Jim Capaldi Chris Wood, plus additional members Rebop Kwaku Baah Hawkins, Hood) toured America in early 1972 to promote the Album, and their concert at the Civic Center in 1972 was recorded and captured on colour videotape with multiple cameras. The 64-minute performance is thought to be the only extended live footage of the group.

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